Diverse Book of the Month: Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace, with Dan Ozzi

Laura Jane Grace, frontwoman of the popular punk band Against Me!, came out as a transgender woman back in May of 2012 in an issue of Rolling Stone. In 2016, she published this memoir, Tranny, to tell her story — and the story of Against Me! — in more detail, starting all the way back when she was a five-year-old trying on her mother’s pantyhose and wishing she’d been born a woman. The memoir is the story of her journey towards transition, and the way her gender dysphoria affected — for better or worse — her life, her work, and her relationships with her family, friends, and band.

Diverse Book of the Month: The Vision Behind the Reviews

In just a couple hours, my new monthly book review feature will be going live! Before it starts, I just want to clarify a couple of things about the format and the mission of the reviews. The books I read and review will be chosen based on the authors who write them and the topics… Continue reading Diverse Book of the Month: The Vision Behind the Reviews

Do What You Love: Common Myths About English Degrees

(Fair warning: There is some, er… okay, lots of swearing in this post.) Today I woke up, checked Twitter, and found that my feed was filled with angry readers, writers, employers, and current and former English majors responding to a certain famous author’s suggestion that English degrees are worthless. And I got mad too, because what… Continue reading Do What You Love: Common Myths About English Degrees

Lee Ann (Re)reads: Castle Waiting Volumes 1 & 2

I just recently finished rereading both volumes of Castle Waiting by Linda Medley for the second time. But I’ve never sat down to write an actual review of it, so that is what I’m doing now because it deserves it. On a whim, I originally checked these graphic novels out of the Canisius College library where,… Continue reading Lee Ann (Re)reads: Castle Waiting Volumes 1 & 2

In Defense of the Genre(s): A Word of Advice for Incoming Writing Students

I admit it: I am an awful blogger. I’ve been terribly inactive and I have all of zero ideas when it comes to topics I can write about here at The Sword and the Keyboard. I know it’s probably just laziness on my part, and maybe a little bit of fear because it’s intimidating having… Continue reading In Defense of the Genre(s): A Word of Advice for Incoming Writing Students

Quadrangle #63 Unveiling: A New Experience

I’ve been relatively quiet on this blog for several days straight, mainly because I’m still new to blogging about writing and new to sharing work and whatnot on the internet. Also because I’ve been bustin’ my butt working through several drafts of a short story that I have to submit as a part of my… Continue reading Quadrangle #63 Unveiling: A New Experience